Valentine’s (and galentine’s) letterbox gifts
The pandemic has created a boom in letter box gifting. With so much choice and V-Day coming up, why not make someone's day?
Yes, we haven’t changed out of our pyjamas for three days and waving to the postman is now the social highlight of the day but it won’t be like this forever. So, why not show your girls and your other half that you still care (despite the pyjamas) by sending a box of treats their way for the 13 and 14 February. From plants to books, to coffee and even pants, it’s remarkable what can be dispatched through the Royal Mail these days. Here’s Muddy’s top 18.
For your pals
Gluten-free, dark chocolate bon bon biscuits are the name of the game here, covered with a beautiful fondant in incredible intricate designs and finished off with beautiful packaging. It’s a cliche to say they look too good to eat. And untrue too, as they will definitely get eaten. From £28.
If you’re missing your friends (aren’t we all), what better thing to do than send them a surprise gift of four stunning quality chocolate bars. They won’t break the bank at £16 but they will make someone very happy.
During these weirdly monotone times, it’s not unusual to consider your morning cup of coffee as the pinnacle of the day. Make your pals’ mornings just that little bit brighter by sending them a fab coffee selection box that you can tailor to taste and required grind. Choose three for £19.50.
These will cheer up a maudlin loved one no end. Iced beautifully and packaged in smart letterbox friendly packages, The Biscuiteers has a wide range of designs. Our favourites are these gorgeous cacti and succulents for the green-fingered one in your life. £25.
Are your friends tapping away in unloved corners of their homes or stuck in bleak spare bedrooms with little more than a musty wardrobe for company? Sign them up to a 12-month subscription that spirits a gorgeous house plant with pot and care guide to their very door every month (along with occasional surprise gifts). From £39.
These are posted through your door in a flat box so while the package doesn’t look like it contains alcohol, thanks to NIO’s clever flat pack ‘bottles’, it really does. Just add ice, fire up the zoom and you and your chums have a night on the (indoor domestic) tiles ready to go. Buy six for £39.
Joules Letterbox Gifts
Joules has joined in with the letterbox phenomena and brought in some great partners so you can send flowers, brownies and even decorative ceramics to a friend in need of a pick-me-up. We love this gorgeous bath box from The Sea Shed for £28.
Bird & Blend Tea Co.
There’s little more soothing than a good cup of tea and in these troubled times, send a friend a selection of some incredible teas and infusions. Dispatched in a gorgeous box, you can add extras like tea-making paraphernalia or, erm… gin.
Want to support independent producers while gifting a box of treats that will fill the fridge of a grateful recipient? Borough Box is where you need to go as it has an amazing range of hundreds of selections – charcuterie, craft beer, even cereal and pantry food – whatever your needs (paleo, gluten-free, vegan), these guys deliver.
For your partner
Annabel is a chocolatier based in north Oxfordshire who can send beautiful chocolates and macarons through the post to your beloved (patisserie will be delivered free within 15 miles of Banbury). A valentine’s box contains 12 macarons, four chocolates and an Eton Mess ruby chocolate slab, all for £25.
The Perfume Society
Does the man in your life need a shake-up of the old grooming routine? Well, here’s one way to encourage a new direction. For just £22, they will be sent 14 new, independent fragrance samples (including one from Beaconsfield’s very own master perfumer Ruth Mastenbroek) and two grooming products. Bargain.
If your valentine is partial to dates and likely to involve them in all their eating plans, then look no further. The Datery douses them in chocolate and makes them look like tiny pieces of art. And all for just £18.95 for a box of 15.
Knickers by Post
This is a Valentines gift to ask for; a beautiful, designer pair of knickers sent to your home every month. Subscriptions range from one month (£20) to 12 months (£160) and while you don’t get to choose the design (every month is a surprise), you can be assured they’ll be exquisitely made and wrapped beautifully.
We don’t recommend sending these to someone you’ve just met on Bumble; give it three IRL dates at least, eh? But designer condoms and lubrication can be delivered to someone’s door in packaging that wouldn’t look amiss in Selfridges. What’s not to love? From 17.99.
If your other half’s underwear has holes in all the wrong places, then you might consider buying him some of this beautiful Swedish gear, which Vogue has announced as the “best men’s underwear in the world”. They can be bought singularly (£29) or up to boxes of 18.
We are Bread and Jam
Whimsical, certainly, but there’s a lot to be said for a little romance in these trying times and this personalised box of 10 notes in bottles lets your amore know precisely why they hold a place in your heart. £19.95.
Some of us would prefer a good book rather than a bunch of roses and Bookishly helpfully provides. It’s subscription crate offers a classic book of the month teamed with a box of literary themed goodies such as tea, art and stationary. You can buy it as a one-off (£35) or sign up to a bi-monthly subscription (from £33).
Get in the good books by sending a Valentine’s Bite Box that includes up to 24 slabs of rich brownie in five different flavours: strawberries and cream, raspberry white chocolate, rose raspberry pistachio, salted caramel, triple chocolate. From £14.50.
Looking for more lovely Valentine’s Day goodies and gifts? Check out our feature here.